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Gruevski, Janakieski plead not guilty over Centar municipality violence

Gruevski, Janakieski plead not guilty over Centar municipality violence

Skopje, 20 November 2017 (MIA) - VMRO-DPMNE leader and ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who is first charged in Centar municipality violence case at Monday’s main hearing in the Criminal Court, pleaded not guilty to charges being filed against him by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO).

Former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski also pleaded not guilty, explaining that he did not do anything or felt guilty about anything.

The MP Daniela Rangelova, who at the time of the events was a councilor in the Municipality of Centar, also did not feel guilty.

Tomislav Lazarov, former coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE councilor’s group in Centar municipality, pleaded guilty, saying he felt guilty and that he has deep regrets from this time distance.

The main hearing resumes with presentation of statements by the other defendants. A total of 14 people have been charged in this case.

Earlier, as MIA reported, the lawyers of defendants requests adjournment of the main hearing.

At the beginning of the trial, the seventh accused Dimce Krstev requested the postponement of the trial because he did not feel well. He was detained Monday morning because he was absent from the past hearing.

The judge Mihajlova released Krstev from today's trial and, at the request of prosecutor Fatime Fetai singled out the proceedings for him, in order to begin the main hearing, after which Krstev left the courtroom.

Andrej Zernovski and Sasa Bogdanovic attended today's main hearing as victims in this case.

Ex-Prime Minister Gruevski is charged by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) with inciting the violence that occurred during the protests in front of the municipality of Centar in June 2013. sk/14:44

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